In Bed with the Beast
by Tara Sivec
In Bed with the Beast is the second book in the Naughty Princess Club series from USA Today best-selling author Tara Sivec. Readers return to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity - and romance - that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.
A tale as old as time: she needs a place to stay, he's a grump with a secret and an extra room...can love find a way?
Living in her overprotective dad's basement, shy Belle lives her life through books. Being a part of the Naughty Princess Club is the first adventure she's ever had, plus she desperately needs the money to save one of her favorite places - the local library.
But when her new friends and new business gets her kicked out of her dad's house, Belle is rescued by the surly Vincent "Beast" Adams who invites her to be his house guest until she gets back on her feet. Despite his attitude problem and long list of rules, Belle finds herself warming to the muscled man with a penchant for growling and starts seeing a gentle side to him that wasn't there before.
Yet there's a room that Beast keeps locked and Belle keeps getting hints that Beast is hiding something...can a nerdy librarian tame the beast or will their romance be over before it has a chance to?
This retelling was definitely different than the others as the ladies in this series are looking to finance their futures by creating a stripping business. Belle has yet to strip, however, as she is the shy one of the group who has yet to explore her sexuality.
Enter Beast. He's a bouncer at a strip club (owned by Cinderella's "prince charming"?). He's grumpy, but has a kind heart. Belle is interested in the Beast, but he seems determined to keep his emotional distance from her.
This story has my favorite tropes: forced proximity (Belle ends up living with the Beast), shy girl falling for the "bad guy", and the whole "teach me how to be sexy" thing. I just love those tropes - they are like candy to me.
I cringed at times in the beginning when the trio of ladies talk about their stripping business, but that quickly faded when I appreciated them owning it. Why can't they want to be strippers? And, even though Beast doesn't appreciate it at times, I thought it was great that Cinderella's fella didn't mind her stripping (I never thought I'd say that sentence. Ever.). Sure, the book is light and funny and silly at times, but there is real empowerment here. I'm a true believer that a woman can use her body as she chooses as long as it is her choice, and there is no harm being done to another person.
And on that note - I recommend this read to fellow lovers of fairy tale retellings...with a twist.